The WPC this week is ‘Treat’.

Two years ago when Sienna came with her dad to visit us in South Africa, it was such a treat for the family to spend time with her,


especially my darling mom who hadn’t seen her since she was a toddler.


We took her to the beach


and out to restaurants where she could have her favourite food, and she even got to design her own pizza.


Making her own hot chocolate with marshmallows was also lots of fun.


A really delicious treat to enjoy


We went to the aquarium in Durban.


On the London bus in the shopping mall.


Then we all drove up to Johannesburg to see Auntie Mandy,


who took us see the lions at the nature reserve.


She even got to feed a giraffe.


It was a really fun time, chock-full of treats, and a holiday I’m sure she’ll never forget.

Today marks 50 years since hubby and met at a Guy Fawkes night dance. Little did I know when he asked me to dance, that we’d still be ‘Happy Together’ five decades later.


It’s been a real ‘Treat’, and we’re going out today to celebrate, so I may not be around here again until tomorrow.

PS: Can someone please explain to me why my title for this post ended up at the bottom instead of the top, and I can’t change it?

Treats for a special girl and our 50 happy years together

Benches fit for a Zulu Palace

Jude’s October bench series is almost over, so I’m going to show you a whole lot of benches  with things on, to be found at the amazing Ammazulu African Palace Hotel where we stayed for a few days in September.


Every bench was different, both the carving and the cushions.


This place was truly a bench addict’s dream.


I went around the place, avidly snapping up benches for all I was worth. Had to take this one from the other side of the gallery.


What an absolute bench bonanza!


I wonder where the owner and designer of this palatial hotel, found so many beautiful benches.


I think this one looks even better from above, flanked by the two of the forty exquisite, beaded and mosaiced pillars, which dominated this stunning creation.


Out on our balcony which overlooked the picturesque Kloof Gorge, there were three more benches.


Are you benched out yet, Jude?


I’m sure there were even more benches there to which I didn’t have access. Maybe next time.

You have only one more day to post your benches for Jude, which are occupied by something or someone.

Thursday Doors: Doors fit for a palace.

When we went back to South Africa for Mom’s memorial service in September, we couldn’t stay with my sister for the first few days as she had a house full. My brother-in-law organised for us to stay in the Presidential Suite at the nearby ‘AmmaZulu African Palace’,  a unique luxury lodge on the edge of the Kloof Gorge and Krantzkloof Nature Reserve. This eclectic and amazing creation is the brainchild of Peter Amm, a local collector, artist and architect. We’d been there a couple of times for lunch and a tour, so it was really special to be able spend a few nights in this fabulous ‘palace’ which is so different from any hotel we’ve ever stayed in before.

Here, for Norm’s ‘Thursday Doors Challenge’ are three of its beautiful doors.

The amazing and impressive front entrance.


The inside view of the door which was rescued from a bank which was being demolished.

The front door.

The side door out to the car park, was salvaged from a Balinese temple. and brought over to South Africa.


One of the two doors into the breakfast room, also from the same temple.


I have lots more photos of this awesome place which I’ll share with you in later posts. I wish you all a very happy and relaxing weekend.

If you have interesting door images, you can find Norm’s challenge here.